Annual Harwich water main flushing begins this week

Flushing to take place April 7 through June 9

The Town of Harwich recently announced the start of the annual water main flushing. Weekdays between April 7 and June 9 members of the Harwich Water Department will be out flushing water mains between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Signs will be posted to inform residents when a flushing is scheduled in their area. Flushing will be done in the villages of West Harwich, Harwich Port, North Harwich and Harwich Center, according ot a notice from the town.

Residents are encouraged to put aside clean water for drinking and cooking during the flushing process. According to the notice from the town, some areas may experience temporary discoloration and a high chlorine taste during the flushing period.There may also be a brief reduction in pressure.

The town also suggests that residents check the clarity of the water before washing clothing.

Flushing of the water mains is done to improve the quality of drinking water. Hydrants are flushed to test for adequate flow and pressure and to dislodge any sediment that has built up in the pipes. For more information about flushing, visit the Harwich Water Department website here.

Any one with questions about the flushing process is asked to call the Harwich Water Department at 508-432-0304. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on